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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Menu for 11/25/13-12/1/13

Can you guys believe it's just a week until December? I'm amazed how quickly this year has gone. I keep thinking Is it really almost Christmas?

The week of Thanksgiving has finally arrived. Our family is still a little unsure of what our plans are. Usually we would have Thanksgiving lunch at Nana's around 1:00 and then run out to Aaron's parent's house for a second lunch around 3:00. I am generally responsible for mashed potatoes (I make these delicious loaded mashed potatoes with red skin potatoes, turkey bacon, and fat free sour cream) and Yaya is responsible for my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner,
broccoli casserole. This year Yaya's oven is broken so I will be making the broccoli casserole. I've made it before (and of course it wasn't as good as Mom's) but this time I have to make it completely without chicken. That means no chicken broth, no cream of chicken, and nothing made with chicken of any kind. Since I'm never sure what is in condensed soups like cream of mushroom I am hesitant to use it either. I've decided to make homemade "cream of" soup with vegetable broth and milk. I've made it before for a recipe when I was out of condensed soup in the pantry. It's very simple to make and it's much creamier than condensed soup. I just hope that the vegetable broth, an onion, and some celery add enough flavor. Wish me luck, I guess!

On top of Thanksgiving, this week we also have a doctor's appointment (Bailey gets to see the neurologist for a check-up on her shunt), I have baking orders to make, and I need to get started on December's menu before I start panicking about it. By this time in the month I've usually planned every meal for next month, but this time I haven't even chosen our new recipes for the month. I was trying to wait until our families confirmed some Christmas plans, but nothing is pinned down yet and I need to get to work on it!

I would love to know how your family handles Thanksgiving. Do you take turns hosting? Does one person prepare the whole meal or is it more like potluck where everyone brings a dish? What are your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Do you have a favorite side dish?  What kind of traditions does your family have for Thanksgiving? Does your family do anything non-traditional?

I know I'm asking lots of questions, but seriously feel free to share your answers with me in the comments section! I really am curious.

Since Thanksgiving is only one day, this is what we're having the rest of the week.

Breakfast- yogurt and clementines
Lunch- leftovers
Dinner- chicken pot pie soup at Yaya's

Breakfast- cereal
Lunch- leftovers
Dinner- double crunch honey garlic chicken, rice, steamed broccoli

Breakfast- cranberry pumpkin oatmeal
Lunch- noodles, veggies, and popcorn shrimp
Dinner- chicken taco casserole

Breakfast- grilled bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches
Lunch- Thanksgiving lunch at Yaya's
Dinner- Thanksgiving dinner with Aaron's family

Breakfast- pancakes and bacon
Lunch- tuna salad on honey yeast knots
Dinner- Cracker Barrel chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and green beans

Breakfast- chicken biscuits
Lunch- leftovers
Dinner- Lasagna soup

Breakfast- chicken biscuits
Lunch- grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup
Dinner- Admiral will provide dinner

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